The Rights of Reconciliation

The Beloved Community by Charles Marsh

The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today
Basic Books, 2005
(292 pages, $26.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Heather Ferngren Morton

During the final days of the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott, Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed a victorious if beleaguered group of protesters at the Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Though the Supreme Court had recently declared segregation of public transportation facilities illegal, King reminded his audience that a mere legal victory was not their ultimate goal. “The end is reconciliation, the end is redemption,” he said. “The end is the creation of the beloved . . .

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Heather Ferngren Morton is a freelance writer based in Cheverly, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is a member of Cheverly Baptist Church.

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